After claiming a 7-5 game one win on Saturday, Auburn
used a five-run seventh to claim an 8-7 win in the day's second game,
claiming a doubleheader sweep and a series victory over arch-rival
Alabama at Plainsman Park. The two wins upped Auburn's record to 28-23,
13-13 SEC while Alabama dropped to 30-22, 12-14 SEC.
With the series win, Auburn now holds the tie-breaker on four out of
five SEC West opponents.
"I am really proud of our team today. The way they competed, I thought
that was one of the most important things we did today. We competed for
18 innings," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "It was a long day
and it was pretty intense."
Trailing 4-3 heading into the seventh, Auburn ran through three Alabama
pitchers to reclaim the lead it has lost in the fifth. A pair of walks
and a Justin Fradejas (3-for-5) bunt base hit loaded the bases for
Auburn. Dan Gamache (0-for-4) then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play,
though a run scored to tie the game at 4-4.
An intentional pass to Casey McElroy (1-for-3, RBI, 2 R) put runners on
the corners for Tony Caldwell (1-for-3, RBI, 2 R), who singled to right
to give Auburn a 5-4 lead. After a wild pitch put two runners in scoring
position, a passed ball allowed McElroy to score and Wes Gilmer's
(2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) second double of the game scored Caldwell to
make it 7-4. Brooks Beisner's (1-for-4) single to left capped the
scoring in the inning.
"This was big for us, both games were real exciting and came down to the
end," Gilmer said. "The pitchers came out and threw well and gave us a
chance to win and we got some big hits when we needed them."
Dillon Ortman, who earned the win in the opener, picked up the save in
the second game, collecting the final three outs after entering in the
ninth following a Jared Reaves (2-for-4, 3 RBI) home run that cut the
Auburn lead to a run.
"When you put freshmen out there they have to be mentally tough. I
thought (Dillon) did a really good job. He got the win in game one and
then came back and got the save," Pawlowski said. "He wants to be out
there and he certainly picked us up today."
Auburn had taken a 3-0 lead in the first, using doubles by Fradejas and
Gilmer and a single by McElroy and a Caldwell walk to take the early
Alabama responded with a two-run fifth as Taylor Dugas (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
and Brock Bennett (2-for-4, RBI) both singled in runs.
Alabama then took the lead, 4-3, as Reaves doubled in a pair in the
Ethan Wallen (5-5) was the beneficiary of the five-run seventh as he
picked up the win out of the bullpen.
Charley Sullivan (2-2) was charged with the loss out of the Alabama
Auburn tries for its first sweep of Alabama since 2001 on Sunday at 1pm.